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Neil Kinnock

 

“Implausible promises don’t win victories.”

Neil Kinnock, Labour Party Conference, Bournemouth, October, 1985

At the 1985 conference of the UK Labour Party, their leader, Neil Kinnock (born on 28 March 1942), confronted the radical left-wing members of his party in an electrifying, compelling speech. It was the harsh truth that many voters felt that the left-wing militant tendency (including the Leader of Liverpool City Council, Derek Hatton, and the leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, Arthur Scargill) had too much control over the Labour Party. Neil Kinnock made it absolutely clear to the rest of the party that the militant tendency would destroy the Party’s chances of re-election, by painting an ugly picture of the left’s ...

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